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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

From Paragon To Pariah: How Kaczynski Is Driving Poland Away from Europe

From Paragon To Pariah: How Kaczynski Is Driving Poland Away from Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 21, 2017

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the most powerful politician in Poland, is the architect of judicial reforms that have drawn massive criticism across Europe. As the Polish government chips away at checks and balances, is it possible the politician could drive the country out of the EU? By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

France, Germany and the EU: The European Motor Sputters to Life

France, Germany and the EU: The European Motor Sputters to Life

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron hope to reinvigorate the Franco-German partnership. Yet even as military cooperation moves forward, the two countries are still far apart on eurozone reforms. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


The Trump in the Road: Merkel Concerned G-20 Summit Could End in Fiasco

The Trump in the Road: Merkel Concerned G-20 Summit Could End in Fiasco

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2017

Ahead of the Hamburg G-20 summit, the EU trade conflict with the U.S. is threatening to escalate. Both Brussels and Washington are looking into sanctions and Chancellor Merkel is concerned that a fiasco could ensue. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Video | Comment ]

Europe's Backyard: Tensions Rising in Balkans as Hopes for EU Future Fade

Europe's Backyard: Tensions Rising in Balkans as Hopes for EU Future Fade

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2017

Fourteen years after being told they had a future in the European Union, countries in the Western Balkans are losing hope. Meanwhile, Turkish and Russian influence in the region is on the rise. So too is the nationalist rhetoric of old. By Walter Mayr and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


Stumbling to the Starting Line: Brexit Talks Set to Begin amid Chaos in London

Stumbling to the Starting Line: Brexit Talks Set to Begin amid Chaos in London

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2017

Britain's crippled Prime Minister Theresa May is stumbling into Brexit negotiations, which are set to finally begin next week. She is doing all she can to cling to power, but recent elections mean it isn't even clear what kind of Brexit Britain wants. By Peter Müller and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Misguided Euro Skepticism: The Dangerous Nationalism of Europe's Left

Misguided Euro Skepticism: The Dangerous Nationalism of Europe's Left

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2017

Rather than embracing euroskeptics on the populist right, Europe's leftists should throw their support behind center-left French President Macron's policies to create a stronger eurozone. The alternative is a splintered left and stronger right. An Essay By Michael Sauga more... Comment ]


Brexit Is Dead: A Wave of Anger Crashes over Britain

Brexit Is Dead: A Wave of Anger Crashes over Britain

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 15, 2017

Europe used to have a fearful respect of the Tories. But those days have long since passed. Now, the weakened party may have accidentally killed off Brexit -- a pet project that most party leaders didn't want in the first place. An Editorial by Thomas Hüetlin more... Comment ]

Interview with Jean-Claude Juncker: Europeans 'Must Learn World Affairs'

Interview with Jean-Claude Juncker: Europeans 'Must Learn World Affairs'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 09, 2017

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, 62, discusses the EU's growing self-confidence, its differences with President Trump and Brexit negotiations in the wake of an unclear election outcome in Britain. Interview Conducted by Peter Müller and Dirk Kurbjuweit in Brussels more...


EU Commissioner Malmström: 'Millions of U.S. Jobs Depend On Trade with EU'

EU Commissioner Malmström: 'Millions of U.S. Jobs Depend On Trade with EU'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 29, 2017

In an interview, European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström of Sweden discusses the best way of dealing with free trade foe Donald Trump, unfair Chinese business practices and why it will likely take a "number of years" before the EU reaches a deal on future ties with post-Brexit Britain. Interview Conducted by Peter Müller and Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

Trump's Travails: US President Can't Escape Troubles on the Road

Trump's Travails: US President Can't Escape Troubles on the Road

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 26, 2017

Mired in a web of scandal and lies back home, Donald Trump embarked on his first international trip this week to the Middle East and Europe. It was seen by the administration as a possible new beginning. But it hasn't worked out that way. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Trump in Brussels: 'The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad'

Trump in Brussels: 'The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 26, 2017

At a meeting with European Union leaders on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump was sharply critical of Germany. DER SPIEGEL spoke with meeting participants. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]